Like Murakami? Check out his short story in this week’s New Yorker.
Murakami is the kind of author I like to read when I feel the need to stop and reflect on my own life and the strange things that happen in it. His stories manage to help me to pause my wandering mind and make me reflect. There are times when life seems busy and I don’t want to stop and reflect. I cannot read him then. But now seems like a time when I need a Murakami fix.
His stories seem to have a lot more going on inside the heads of the protagonists than in the outside world. They always seem to be about a guy and the women are only there as catalysts, that cause changes in the guy’s inside world.
This story starts with an interesting pronouncement by Junpei(the protagonist)’s father -
“Among the women a man meets in his life, there are only three who have real meaning for him. No more, no less,” his father said—or, rather, declared. He spoke coolly but with utter certainty, as he might have in noting that the earth takes a year to revolve around the sun. Junpei listened in silence, partly because his father’s speech was so unexpected; he could think of nothing to say on the spur of the moment.
“You will probably become involved with many women in the future,” his father continued, “but you will be wasting your time if a woman is the wrong one for you. I want you to remember that.”
I find it interesting that someone would say such a thing to a sixteen year old. But what is even more interesting is, how it affects the choices he makes in his life.
I wonder if there were things people told me when I was sixteen, that are still affecting my life?! If I need a – Kidney-Shaped Stone That Moves Every Day, in my life too.